Cambridge CELTA Course in Christchurch

Famed as one of the newest cities in the world with a bustling hospitality scene, established green spaces, and an excellent educational system, Christchurch is undoubtedly the ideal place for taking a CELTA.

TEFL Certification in Christchurch, New Zealand

Also known as “Garden city” Christchurch is a vibrant cosmopolitan place with many exciting festivals, theaters, beautiful parks and gardens, modern art galleries, great shopping, high standards of cuisines, and award-winning attractions. At any time of the year, CELTA students will always find a non-stop package of entertainment here to enjoy during their training.

At the Christchurch center, we have flexible study options for our CELTA teachers. You may take the full-time 4-week intensive CELTA course or the 11-week part-time option. You will also enjoy being among a diverse population of trainees from different nationalities connecting daily to build a widespread global network.

The CELTA course is designed to provide trainees with a complete understanding of the fundamental principles and practices of effective English Language teachings as well as the motivations and roles of both the teacher and learners. The syllabus covers topics, including language analysis and awareness, teaching contexts, classroom management, and materials sourcing.

As a critical aspect of the course, there are hours of real-life teaching practice which are mandatory for each trainee to participate. One of the most valuable aspects of our CELTA training, as affirmed by our alumni, is expert training and instantaneous feedback on teaching practice. Our experienced tutors are always present to coordinate the teaching practice and provide valuable feedback that helps you build your expertise and confidence in front of the classroom.

Christchurch Course Highlights - A Quick Glance

  • A minimum of 120 contact hours at our center, with additional hours spent outside class for self-study: background reading, lesson planning and assignment writing.
  • Trainees are involved in lesson planning, language analysis, observation of peers and experienced teachers, reflection on their teaching practice and feedback from trainers.
  • 6 hours of assessed teaching practice along with peer observation.
  • 6 hours of observation of live lessons taught by experienced ELT professionals.
  • On-going job support, suitable assistance and continous professional development services.

Christchurch Course Dates

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the CELTA courses continue to be delivered Online. However, both Mixed-mode and Face-to-face courses are being conducted depending on the interest. Please contact us to inquire about the specific course formats available.

Note that, an Online CELTA holds the same value as the Face-to-face course, and is equally recognized by ESL employers worldwide.

Christchurch Course Details

Entry Requirements

  • You should be 20 years old by the commencement date of the course (trainees can be accepted over 18 at the center’s discretion).
  • While the course itself does not require you to have a degree, you should have a standard of education equivalent to that required for an entry into primary or higher education.
  • Have a strong command, awareness of English language with equal skills over verbal and written English so as to follow the course and complete the assignments.

Course Syllabus

Some of the main units of learning are:

  • Learners and teachers and the teaching and learning context
  • Language analysis and awareness
  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Planning and resources for different contexts
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism
  • Classroom observation and management skills
  • Teaching practice and guidelines


You will be continually assessed throughout the course and there is no final examination. The two types of assessment are:

  • Teaching Practice
  • Written Assignments

CELTA course trainees will always be kept informed of their progress during the course and an external assessor, appointed by Cambridge English, moderates each course.

Teaching Practice, Observation

Teaching practice is an integral part of the course where trainees work in groups to plan, observe and give feedback to each other.

  • Six hours of assessed teaching practice with real students in real classes.
  • Detailed oral and written feedback of your teaching practice.
  • Observation of both peer and qualified ELT teachers for six hours.

CELTA Training Center in Christchurch

Our Christchurch CELTA institute is a vibrant and advanced establishment that provides world-class language and teacher training to students from all over the world. The center is located at 130 Mandras Street, Christchurch, on the fringe of Christchurch’s Central Business District. It is within walking distance of shops, cafes, and lots of entertainment venues. The center is well served by public transport and only 5minutes from the city’s main bus exchange making it very easy for our CELTA trainees to explore the city.

To speed up learning and make our trainees comfortable, we offer a wide range of facilities, including an adequately equipped library, classrooms with ample space, bookshops, and health centers. Additionally, we have a recreation center and on-campus café and restaurant where teachers can relax and catch up with friends and colleagues. We have created accessible maps for trainees who would like to tour the center and admire the beauty of its architecture after classes.

The Christchurch CELTA center’s most valued assets are the tutors and staff. Our experienced and innovative staff are committed to ensuring you have the industry-relevant knowledge and skills to get the best ESL jobs and excel professionally.

Job Support and Placement: Christchurch, New Zealand

Our priority lies in equipping our CELTA graduates with skills and support to get their first teaching job immediately after their training. We do this by providing trainees with a wide range of work placement opportunities. We maintain good relationships with many employers all over the world and connect our trainees to them.

We also organize career advice sessions where trainees can seek guidance from experienced tutors and discuss ways of getting the best teaching positions after their training. Our careers and employment team are ever ready to help you with developing your employability, exploring your career options, and maximizing job search and interview opportunities.

Why Choose CELTA in Christchurch?

Earning your CELTA in Christchurch, New Zealand, is an excellent way to start or boost your teaching career as a new or experienced teacher. Besides the opportunity to access high-quality training in one of the most breathtaking natural landscapes in the world, New Zealand is a popular teach-abroad destination for teachers seeking an exciting career opportunity in one of the world’s top education systems.

ESL teachers with a CELTA in New Zealand can find prospects in language schools and summer camps where the demand for teachers is generally high. The majority of jobs are in summer camps like the IPSA and Waikato Institute of Education, where rich children from South Asia travel over for the summer to learn English. These openings are readily available in cities like Christchurch, Auckland, and Wellington though there are few more remote openings in smaller towns.

Job opportunities are available all through the year, and the peak hiring season for English teachers in the country is November to December. English teachers in New Zealand earn about 2,670 USD on average per month. You may offer private lessons to students and receive an additional $32 per hour, but you need to check with your employer before taking up such private lessons. Although language schools in Christchurch do not guarantee extra benefits besides your salary, most of them will help you get settled.

Costs of living in Christchurch and New Zealand as a whole are relatively low, and salary earned is always enough to cover a modest apartment in the cities. There is a comprehensive bus system in the whole of New Zealand, and taxis are safe, making transport easy and affordable.

Things to do in Christchurch, New Zealand while taking a CELTA

The picturesque town of Christchurch offers trainees unforgettable journeys and thrill-seeking opportunities to explore during their CELTA. There are large parks to relax, exciting sports to watch or engage in, a fascinating natural landscape and award-winning Botanic gardens to explore.

CELTA trainees can go jet boarding at the beautiful Waimakariri River to experience some 360-degree swirls and eye-spinning turns. Go hiking at Godley Head as it showcases the country’s natural beauty with lots of history to tell. There is also Quail Island that provides a perfect hiking experience with its tranquil environment providing. If you would love a break from the bustle of the city, you should consider taking a ferry ride to the island and stay for a while to enjoy the natural wildlife scene.

Take some time to visit the exciting Hagley Park located at the center of the city with a perfect sight of Botanic gardens, which is home to a stunning natural landscape and prominent architecture. The area is surrounded by the Canterbury Museum, the Arts Center, and Christ College, some of the most appealing places to visit in the city. You may also relax at the Brighton Pier that towers above a body of water. You can take an evening stroll or sit and enjoy the quietness and peace that comes with nature.

The International Antarctic center is a must-see if you are a wildlife enthusiast, especially penguins. It offers an entirely safe experience that takes place in an indoor polar room chilled to 5 degree celsius. More fascinating adventures await you at the Gondola. This attraction site is 1000 meters long and takes you to Mount Cavendish summit, where you will be greeted with incredible views of the city and the Southern Alps. Art lovers will be sure to appreciate the Brockworth street art gallery with brilliant murals painted on the streets.

Food lovers should try the delicious Spaghetti and meatballs at Coco’s cantni, Pork belly steamed buns at Blue Breeze Inn, or the Apero’s Pork sausage.

Begin your CELTA at Christchurch. Obtain an internationally recognized certificate to gain a grand entry into the teaching world and be guaranteed to have a fun and unforgettable experience during your CELTA training.

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